On This Day

What Happened in March 1697

Historical Events

  • Mar 10 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia begins a tour of Western Europe
  • Mar 20 Willem de Vlamingh returns to Batavia after exploring "South Land"

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 9 Friederike C. Neuber, German actress and author (Allerkostbarste Schatz), born in Reichenbach im Vogtland (d. 1760)
  • Mar 30 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Francesco Redi, Italian physician, dies at 71
  • Mar 26 Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician and murderer involved in a clan feud, executed by Maiden (Scottish guillotine) (b. 1640)
  • Mar 27 Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate, last governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 93